NFF Board Member T. Boone Pickens will be a distinguished speaker at the University of Texas on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Monday’s Chalktalk – April 11, 2011

News and notes from around the world of college football.

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The charities of 1997 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee), 2000 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Drew Brees (Purdue), 1997 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brian Griese (Michigan) are among the $1 million that the NFL will award to 87 players’ charities.

Florida revealed statues of College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier, 1996 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow at the Gators’ spring game on Saturday.

College Football Hall of Famer Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) will lead a discussion at Naval Station Great Lakes on the five former sailor-athletes who played for Great Lakes during World War II as a part of the station’s Centennial celebration. The discussion is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Ross Theater at Thursday, April 14.

Mississippi State has announced that College Football Hall of Famer Jackie Parker, along with linebacker Johnnie Cooks, linebacker D.D. Lewis and broadcaster Jack Cristil, will be the first class to be permanently honored at Davis Wade Stadium.

College Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean (Louisiana Tech) conducted his annual pro day on Saturday at Joe Alliet Stadium in Ruston, La. The event serves as a fund-raiser for to help provide scholarships for at-risk high school students in the area.

College Football Hall of Fame nominee R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M) will receive from the Neyland Trophy from the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Saturday.

2010 NFF National Scholar-Athletes Greg McElroy (Alabama), Christian Ponder (Florida State) and NFF National Scholar-Athlete semifinalist Pat Devlin (Delaware) will appear on ESPN’s Sport Science: The QB Combine on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

Akron, Arizona, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Cincinnati, Coe College (Iowa), Columbia, Connecticut, Fordham, Furman, Georgia, Georgia State, Illinois, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Marist, Maryland, Navy, North Texas, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Purdue, Rice, San Jose State, SMU, South Dakota, Springfield College (Mass.) and Tulsa have joined the NFF as Institutional Academic Members.

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Chapter News

NFF Chairman Archie Manning will recognize 35 scholar-athletes at the NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter on Wednesday. Tulane University Board of Administrators member Doug Hertz will accept the Distinguished American Award, and Louisiana Superdome Media Relations Director Bill Curl will receive the chapter’s Contribution to Amateur Football Award. NFF Director of Memberships Ron Dilatush will also be in attendance. The chapter will award four $10,000 scholarships this year, which doubles its 2010 output. . . . The NFF Southern Idaho Chapter will hold its annual scholar-athlete banquet on Saturday. . . . The NFF Central Jersey Chapter will conduct its annual scholar-athlete luncheon on Sunday. . . . The NFF Minnesota Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet on Sunday. . . . The NFF Riverside County (Calif.) Chapter held its 8th annual scholar-athlete banquet March 18, honoring 20 local area high school seniors and distributing more than $5,000 in scholarships.



The Big Ten has released its 2013 and 2014 conference schedules. . . . . Ohio State will host Vanderbilt on Aug. 31, 2013. . . . Baylor will host Lamar on Sept. 12, 2015.


The Mountain West announced 51 telecasts across four networks. . . . ESPN will show Texas at Texas A&M on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET. . . . ABC will show Oklahoma at Oklahoma State and Texas at Baylor on Dec. 3 at either 3:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET. . . . Spring football games on ESPN this week: Georgia (1 p.m. ET,, Alabama (3 p.m. ET, ESPNU), Auburn (3 p.m. ET,, Arkansas (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Florida State (4 p.m. ET,

Community Service

Toledo football players competed in the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” against local fifth-graders on Thursday. . . . Stanford head coach David Shaw will be a special guest at the New Haven (Calif.) Schools Foundation annual scholarship luncheon on April 22. . . . On March 14, Notre Dame College (Ohio) football players participated in a lift-a-thon to raise money for Franklin County (Ohio) Children’s Services. . . . North Carolina head coach Butch Davis and his wife, Tammy, will host the Third Annual Butch and Tammy Davis Tailgate Golf Tournament and BBQ to benefit SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals on April 28-29.

TCU debuted new uniforms last week. . . . Michigan State offensive tackle Arthur Ray, Jr. has begun practicing for the first time since having a cancerous tumor removed from his right leg in 2007. . . . Villanova’s Board of Trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to move its football program to Football Bowl Subdivision.

2011 Key NFF Dates

July 15-16, 2011 – College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival – South Bend, Ind.

Sept. 29, 2011 – Announcement of the 2011 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists – Irving, Texas

Oct. 27, 2011 – Announcement of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class/Campbell Trophy Finalists – Irving, Texas

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 54th Annual Awards News Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 22nd Presentation of Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation’s top scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

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2009 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow was the subject of one
of three statues unveiled outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.
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